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UK to foreign doctors: speak good english

From April, foreign doctors wanting to treat patients in UK hospitals run by the National Health Service (NHS) will have to prove they have the “necessary level” of English language skills, the government said.

world Updated: Feb 24, 2013 23:45 IST

From April, foreign doctors wanting to treat patients in UK hospitals run by the National Health Service (NHS) will have to prove they have the “necessary level” of English language skills, the government said.

From April, there will be a legal duty to ensure a doctor’s English is up to scratch before they are employed, the BBC reported.

Concerns were raised after a German doctor, Dr Daniel Ubani, gave a patient a fatal overdose on his first and only shift in the UK.

He had earlier been rejected for work because of poor English skills.